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impak back back to work. desperate plea. chinese activist chen guangcheng says his situation is dangerous, as he asks the u.s. for help. a look into the hopes and frustrations of al qaeda leader osama bin laden. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, may 4, 2012. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle miller. we begin with the economy. this morning the government releases last month's
unemployment report. yesterday the labor department reported that last week the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits dropped by 27,000. still 365,000 americans yoin joined the unemployment line. most analysts expected this month's report to be better than last. tara mergener is in washington with details. >> reporter: economists do believe job growth was up in april, but they say the pace of hiring is still too slow to make a real dent in the unemployment rate. when the government releases the jobs report later this morning, economists belief up to 168,000 people will have found work in april. and the unemployment rate will hold steady at 8.2%. analysts are eagerly anticipating the numbers, because the march report was well below the previous three months. they are looking to see if that was a one-time dip or the start
of a trend. this man was unemployed for several years. he worked up to 60 hours a week, sending out resumes and applying for jobs. >> frustrating at times, definitely. >> reporter: after several years taking temp work to make ends meet, he now has a job. >> i walk around saying, do i really work here? >> reporter: the april unemployment report is important but the november numbers may be important to who wins the white house and both side have been talking about 8% as a key figure. >> he doesn't want to talk about his own record -- >> reporter: during a campaign event in virginia yesterday, mitt romney slammed president obama for not being able to keep the unemployment numbers lower. >> he'll have all sorts of things. he'll talk about that have resulted in a fact the guy who promised he would keep unemployment below 8% has not been under 8% since. >> the past decade has went tough on everybody -- >> reporter: president obama says he believes the
unemployment rate will be under 8% by november. a recent poll shows economists agree. the associated press poll puts the number at 7.9% on election day. now, according to economists in that same poll, the unemployment rate may not drop to a more normal level of 6% until at least, michelle, 20 15. >> tara mergener in washington, thank you. now to the latest on chinese activists chen guangcheng. this morning china's foreign ministry chen can apply to study abroad like any other citizen. chen describes his situation as dangerous since he left the protection of the u.s. embassy. chen says two phone calls with u.s. officials today were cut off after a few sentences. he says friends who have tried to visit him have been beaten up. and he says, he's asked secretary of state hillary clinton for help. yesterday he made a plea directly to u.s. lawmakers.
theresa garcia has more on that. >> reporter: chinese dissident chen guangcheng made a direct appeal to the united states thursday, speaking to a congressional hearing by telephone from his hospital bed in beijing. >> i want to meet with the secretary clinton. i hope i can get more help from her. >> reporter: chen, the blind lawyer, who exposed forced abothers under china's one-child policy is at the center of a diplomatic tug of war. after escaping house arrest last week, chen was delivered to the u.s. embassy in beijing. that began days of negotiation. >> he did not want to go to the united states until the choice was to help him get back into china to be a freedom fighter, as he wanted, or if the conditions -- negotiations with the chinese government were not to his satisfaction, he was prepared to stay in the embassy
and live there. >> reporter: the chinese promised chen and his family would not be harassed if he stayed in the country. he did leave the embassy and says it was a mistake. critics accuse the obama administration of failing to protect chen. >> at no point during his time in the embassy did mr. chen ever request political asylum in the u.s., and now he's expressed a change of view we're continuing conversations with him. >> reporter: so far u.s. officials have not been allowed to see chen since he agreed to stay in china. >> despite the diplomatic firestorm over chen, u.s. secretary hillary clinton says ties between u.s. and china are stronger than ever. clinton said the u.s. and china have a very open and honest relationship where we can discuss our differences. the obama administration
says it may be time to admit defeat in its current handling of the situation in syria. the white house says it's clear the u.n.-brokered cease-fire is not holding and blames the syrian government. the u.n. represents the uprising has claimed over 13,000 lives. the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow. khalid shaikh mohammed will be arraigned at guantanamo bay where eventually he and four others will be tried by a military tribunal. a trial date will also be set tomorrow. relatives of 9/11 victims will be able to watch the court proceedings on tv and military bases. we've learned more about al qaeda and osama bin laden's final days from just declassified letters found in the pakistan compound where he was killed. bob orr reports. >> reporter: the letters reveal that osama bin laden, while
hunkered down in his last hideout, struggled to retain control of hi al qaeda network. writing in arabic he reminded affiliates of the primary mission. our targets are american. bin laden was frustrateded with the poorly planned attacks had killed too many muslims and he worried u.s. drone strikes threatened al qaeda's core in pakistan. i'm leaning toward getting most of the brothers out of the area, he wrote to a top aide. it is possible they targeted photographed home. he rebuffed pleas from his deputy, al zawahiri and rejected as a proposed a leader in yemen. bin laden asked he send us the resume. isolated bin laden continued to map new attacks. in may 2010 bin laden wrote he
wanted to target general david petraeus, head of u.s. central command. and he wanted to kill president obama, noting that will make biden take over, which will lead the u.s. into a crisis. bin laden planned to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a new message to the american people. he was killed four months before that date. but in his last letter, just one week prior to his death, bin laden was still plotting. he urged aides to take advantage of the revolution. there were toppling dictator during the arab spring of 2011. he wrote the oncoming stage will be for islam. zawahiri lacks bin laden's charisma and al qaeda is down to a few hundred members. bob orr, cbs news, washington. secretary of defense leon panetta wants the military to shore up discipline. he will deliver the message at
ft. benning, georgia, today. he wants military leaders to crack down on bad behavior. it's a response to a string of incidents such as taking controversial photos and desecrating enemy corpses that has complicated relations in afghanistan. coming up on the morning news -- facebook filing. new details on the social network's ipo this month as it gets set for a record debut. you're watching the "cbs morning news." [ female announcer ] ready for a taste of what's hot? check out the latest collection of snacks from lean cuisine. creamy spinach artichoke dip, crispy garlic chicken spring rolls. they're this season's must-have accessory. lean cuisine. be culinary chic. my turn.
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$20,000. on the "cbs moneywatch," general motors is fueled by big profits, and the king of pop meets soda pop. ashley mother on is here in new york with that and more. god morning, ashley. >> good morning to you. stocks overseas dipped this morning. hong kong's hang seng lost more than 0.5%. south co-radio yeah's index was down more than 0.25%. stocks sank on news of weak corporate earnings. dow was down nearly 62 points while the nasdaq fell 35. facebook already has 900 million users but the social networking site may end up with even more friends in just a few weeks. according to the price range of the company's initial public offering of stocks, facebook is worth up to $95 billion. in a regulatory filing, facebook said its shares will cost $28 to $35. "the wall street journal" has reported facebook's ipo could happen on may 18th. general motors posted a
billion dollar profit for the first quarter. the automaker continues to seek strong sales in north america and china, but it's not all good news for gm. despite making a profit, its earnings were down 69% from a year ago. and pepsi is teaming up with the estate of michael jackson. the soft drink maker will use jackson's likeness in a new global marketing campaign, which includes special edition cans. the promotion is time to coincide with the 25th anniversary of jackson's hit album "bad." and i remember when that came out. i had it. >> well, i remember the commercial, the pepsi commercial. as kids, it was great. >> it was, it was. >> ashley morrison here in new york, thank you. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. and in sports, yankee great mariano rivera's career may have ended. not with another save, but in a mishap before last night's game.
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thunderstorms will move through the midwest. a slow moving storm system stretches from new york to virginia. heavy rain and intense lightning will roll through parts of the south. and look for rain and high mountain snow in the pacific northwest. in sports, yankees all-star reliever mariano rivera may have suffered a career-ending injury without even throwing a single pitch. he was chasing after a fly ball during batting practice against the royals when he fell, tearing a ligament in his right knee. when asked if he would even in saves seemed doubtful. >> do you think you'll come back and pitch again? >> at this point i don't know. at this point, i don't know. >> and the game didn't go well for the yankees. the royals mike moustakas makes a great bare handed catch to get alex rodriguez out at first and
that stops the tying run from crossing the plate. kansas city beats the yankees 4-3. in basketball, looks like the dallas mavericks won't repeat as nba champs. kevin durant forced 30 point as oklahoma city runs away with the game on dallas' own home court. it was never close as the thunder trounces the mavs 95-79 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. once again, lebron james and the heat were too much for the new york knicks. james scored 32 as miami smashed the knicks 87-70 for a 3-0 series there. the knicks have now lost 13 straight playoff games. that's a new nba record. in hockey, the l.a. kings are on the verge of sweeping st. louis. drew doughty scores the final goal as kings take down the blues 4-2 for a 3-0 series lead. on sunday, l.a. could clinch their first trip to the
conference final since 1993. and in overtime, alexei upon co-rov ski smacks his own rebound into the net giving the new jersey devils a 4-3 victory over the philadelphia flyers. they now lead the eastern conference semifinals 2-1. when we return, fire scare. health concerns after the death of a lab worker who handled a rare strain of bacteria.
here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washing wash d.c., partly cloudy, 86. atlanta, thunderstorms, 86. st. louis, partly sunny, 90. denver, mostly sunny, 84. seattle, mostly cloudy and 56. the san diego medical examiner's office has ruled that former nfl star junior seau committed suicide.
his body was found wednesday at his beach-front home with a gunshot wound to the chest. the l.a. "times" reports they'll have his brain examined to see if he suffered damage from repeated head injury. health officials say dozens of people who came in contact with a researcher who died suddenly have received antibiotics. the cdc says richard din became ill after being fatally infected by a bacteria from his own laboratory. >> reporter: 25-year-old richard den worksed at a lab at va hospital. exposure to the bacteria is believed to are killed him. chief of the v's infectious diseases section. >> he went home on friday at 5 p.m. at 7 p.m. he started to develop symptoms of fatigue, headache and chills. >> reporter: he died just 17 hours later. as many as 60 people who may
have come in contact with him have been given antibiotics as a precaution. the disease can be spread through sneezing, coughing and kissing. >> we were concerned this might have been a spill. but this was a highly competent and experienced individual, even though he was young. >> reporter: more than 500,000 people work in laboratories in the u.s. a survey of u.s. labs found a third reported at least one laboratory associated infection. she studies infectious disease at secedar sinai. she says simple mistakes still happen. >> most definitely there's a high awareness in the laboratory setting, the potential for transmission and you often don't realize how many times we might touch our face in the of a given day. >> reporter: no one else in san francisco has become sick, but investigators are still trying to identify anyone who may have had close contact with richard den. ben tracy, cbs news, los
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may 4th. >> standing ovation. >> i'm andrea roane. >> 24 hour left until cinco de mayo. i'm mike hydeck, thank you for joining us, happy friday, here's monika samtani and she will have traffic momentarily. >> party wise, mother nature had a party last night. thunder was rumbling here. >> you missed the party? >> monika was being woken up by the frogs in her neighborhood. >> anyone else have that problem? >> also hail? spots in eastern -- in spots in eastern virginia and the west virginia panhandle and today is a severe weather alert day because we're concerned with the threat of more thunderstorm later this -- severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and this evening. no problems through midday but past 3:00, 4:00 especially to the west with the storms developing. highs in the mid 80s even upper 80s in a couple of spots depending on how much sun we get. there were the storms last night. they were loud and bright and some torrential rains from that as well but they're gone now down to norfolk. this morning a little moisture
coming to western west virginia. southwestern west virginia but all is quiet around here. no fog but with the lain last night a -- rain last night a little fog has developed in spots like orange, virginia, a quarter mile. we are going to see patchy dense fog across parts of frederick and upper montgomery county as well. half mile in stafford this morning and watch out for patchy fog. temperatures they're way up it is a mild morning. mid- to upper 60s here in the metro. low 60s in frederick. this afternoon we're looking at highs in the mid 80s and might cece up 80s out to the western suburbs and the threat for strong to severe storms damaging wind gusts and hail will be the primary threats again with any storms this afternoon and evening. it is 4:27. monika? good morning everyone, happy friday. with the exception of some construction on the inbound side of the dulles toll road blocked off here at route 7 in
tysons. i don't think that's been a problem. the construction on the beltway is on the inner loop between 66 and route 7. so be aware of that as well that's northbound 495 at that spot on the inner lop. to the northbound side of i-95. things are looking great here in springfield. no issues on to 395 to the 14th street bridge. back over to the maps this time, to the north side of the town. looking good on the beltway between 95 and silver spring and 270 which is live right now. southbound side no issues here from frederick down to rockville. coming up in my next report, we'll go over to the bw parkway. andrea and mike? one woman is dead and a second in critical condition after a gunman opened fire inside an ellicott city, maryland, church yesterday evening. >> the women were found inside st. peter's church yesterday afternoon. the gunman walked outside and then killed himself.
ken molestina has more. >> sky 9 was over ellicott city church as a police s.w.a.t. team moved in guns drawn. >> the cops were behind the church like they were trying to keep somebody from coming outside the church. >> reporter: the janitor called for help after he found two victims in the church. police are only say one of them was dead by the time they got here. cops blocked off the area as frightened neighbors watched on. >> causing just a whole bunch of commotion going around. >> reporter: officers combed the area for hours looking for a suspect. as they searched the nearby woods they came across a man laying an the ground. he had shot himself to death. >> that might have been the gunshot i heard. >> reporter: that handgun was right next to him. >> we're looking into the very real possibility that he may be linked to the church and what happened. >> reporter: what is still unclear is what could have led up to this horrific crime. no dun can make sense of the nightmare. >>